By Petar Todorovski
Only a year and two months ago Wesley Sneijder was sent off on the Derby Della Madonina, but Inter was still capable to beat Rossonerri, as then red hot Diego Millito brought the lead before Goran pandev score and amazing free kick in the second half for final 2-0. However, last weekend Milan easily ran over city rivals with 3-0.
So, what’s the difference?
There are two factors which influence the final outcome. The first is the coaches. The great Jose Mourinho beat, then Milan’s, Leonardo in last year’s encounters. The Portuguese moved away to enjoy his big times at Real Madrid after winning everything with Nerrazzuri, leaving Massimo Moratti with a headache about the new coach. However, his moves were not the best he could do.
Unilke Inter, Milan brought talented Massimiliano Allegri, a manager who had never led big team before, though he has won the Best Coach Award in Serie A twice. However, he proved to be an amazing choice, handling well with big ego players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano (we have to wait for the latter). Also, he was brave enough to sit down Ronaldinho on the bench and sell him soon, buying new young talented players in the process. His tactics knowledge is just a plus.
The second factor is players’ motivation. In Inter everyone seems tired. Wesley Sneijder moves hard, Diego Millito is nowhere, Goran Pandev is not even a half of player he used to be, Julio Cesar started making mistakes more frequently. Does anyone remember Maicon? Jose Mourinho just knew how to make them play their best, but under Benitez and Leonardo guidance they did not repeat the great plays from last year. And they won’t! This team is fed up and it needs reconstruction. They are not capable to win new trophies. Leonardo failed to raise fed up Milan and fails to do the same with Inter. Samuel Eto’o plays maybe his best football ever, but it’s not enough to see his team rising again. Nerrazzuri need fresh new start.
Milan is better example. Zlatan Ibrahimovic really boosted the team quality in attack, also Robinho and Cassano, while experienced van Bommel was brought to give strength and good passing in midfield. These players are part of almost reconstructed team which wants to win trophies, although most of its players have done so. This Milan is new challenge for all of them and Massimiliano Allegri knows how to use that fact.
Six points might seem reachable gap, but Milan is better team at the moment. Not so much because Milan is some great team, but because post-Mourinho Inter is not capable for trophies.